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Elliott in goal for Philadelphia; Hogberg starts second straight for Ottawa

by Callum Fraser / Independent Correspondent

FLYERS (19-11-5) at SENATORS (15-18-3)

7 p.m. ET; SN1, TVAS2, NBCSP+, NHL.TV


The Game

Goalie Marcus Hogberg will make his second straight start when the Ottawa Senators host the Philadelphia Flyers at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday.

The rookie is coming off his first NHL victory, when he made 33 saves in a 5-4 win against the Nashville Predators on Thursday. He is the third goalie to play for the Senators this season; Craig Anderson has missed six games with a knee injury and Anders Nilsson has missed one game with a concussion.

Ottawa is 4-2-2 in its past eight games following a five-game losing streak.

The Flyers eye their third straight victory after going 1-4-0 in their previous five games. Goalie Brian Elliott will start; he's 7-4-2 with a 2.96 goals-against average and .904 save percentage in 16 games (13 starts) this season. In his last start, he was pulled after allowing six goals on 17 shots through two periods in a 7-3 loss at the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday.


Players to watch

Flyers center Sean Couturier has five points (one goal, four assists) in a three-game point streak.

Senators forward Anthony Duclair has 13 points (10 goals, three assists) in his past nine games.


They said it

"They're playing extremely well right now. … They're aggressive on the forecheck, they play hard, they play a north-south game. It was a tough game when we were in here last time, it was a tough game in our building, so I expect the same thing tonight." -- Flyers coach Alain Vigneault on facing Ottawa

"They're deep everywhere. They certainly have some high-end players on a team that's ready to win now. … I don't really see a real weakness to their team, so we're going to have to be above them and try and give them as little [space] as possible, keep them off the power play and try to limit their chances for us to have a chance to win." -- Senators coach D.J. Smith on facing Philadelphia


Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Travis Konecny

James van Riemsdyk -- Kevin Hayes -- Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Tyler Pitlick -- Morgan Frost -- Jakub Voracek

Andy Andreoff -- Mikhail Vorobyev -- Chris Stewart

Ivan Provorov -- Matt Niskanen

Travis Sanheim -- Justin Braun

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Philippe Myers

Brian Elliott

Carter Hart

Scratched: Robert Hagg

Injured: Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder), Michael Raffl (finger), Scott Laughton (groin)

Suspended: Joel Farabee


Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Connor Brown

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Artem Anisimov -- Tyler Ennis

Nick Paul -- Chris Tierney -- Anthony Duclair

Logan Brown -- J.C. Beaudin -- Colin White

Thomas Chabot -- Cody Goloubef

Mark Borowiecki -- Erik Brannstrom

Maxime Lajoie -- Andreas Englund

Marcus Hogberg

Filip Gustavsson

Scratched: Mikkel Boedker

Injured: Scott Sabourin (nose), Craig Anderson (knee), Dylan DeMelo (finger), Nikita Zaitsev (undisclosed), Anders Nilsson (concussion), Ron Hainsey (undisclosed)


Status report

Niskanen and Myers each will be a game-time decision, but Vigneault said he thinks at least "one of the two" will play. … Anderson needs one more practice before he's ready to return, Smith said. ... Sabourin could play when Ottawa hosts the Buffalo Sabres on Monday.


Stat pack

The Flyers have scored 10 goals in their past two games. … Gostisbehere needs two points for 200 in the NHL. … The Senators have won eight of their past nine home games.

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